Sunday 24th June 2018 Proper 7

St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’✢ St.Luke’s
”open wide your hearts.” 2 Cor.6v13
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Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s BCP
Chris Richardson
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Andrew Norris & George Oliver
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Andy Norris
11.00am St.Luke’s Communion
Ian Rutherford
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
Diana Dow
6.30pm St.Mary’s iNViTe contemporary worship Chris Richardson and Andy Norris
Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Communion
Tim Watson
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Join us at iNViTe Tonight
6.30pm in St.Mary’s for our monthly and reflective contemporary worship and prayer; tonight including a reflection from one of Andy Norris’s songs: I am the Lord, Worship only me. All welcome.

CUPPA & COMPANY This Tuesday
In the Parish Centre between 2pm and 3pm. Fabulous support serving any who are bereaved – simply pop in or take a friend.

MESSY CHURCH This Thursday
Next on Thursday 28th June starting at 3.30pm in the Parish Centre – crafts, games, stories, worship and a hot cooked tea for all children and their adults – parents, grandparents, carers are all welcome. Be blessed with no cooking or washing up the children’s (and adults) meal that day!

SMILE  Fire, Food and Water Fun – 29th June
St Mary’s Informal Ladies Evening invite any ladies to join them this Friday for a relaxing evening sat around a Fire Pit, enjoying ‘fish & chips’ and a drink in the Rectory garden from 6pm (Little Anglesey Road). There is the option of trying out a paddle board, or a rowing boat if you fancy that from 4.30 pm. Bring something to drink, we will order food on arrival. Contact Emma (emma@closewood.com) or Libby (libby.norris@alverstoke.church) for more information.

Summer CHORAL EVENSONG Sunday 1st July
Join St.Mary’s choir at 6.30pm on 1st for a service of sacred music.

9.15am SUMMER SONGS OF PRAISE
On Sunday 29th July Hazel and Chris will be leading worship in a special Morning Service and you are invited to submit a favourite hymn/song to be included. If you can say why you chose it, that would be good but not essential. Email your request to chaplain@alverstoke.church or see one of us in church – but please write your request down!
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From Jo our Families Minister…

ALVERSTOKE YOUTH 30th June
In your school year six to nine? Then come along from 6.30pm-8.00pm on Saturday 30th June to the Parish Centre for food and outdoor games: volleyball, cricket etc. After that we’ll next enjoy a BBQ & Waterfight at the Rectory on 14th July!

PARENTING FOR FAITH
Our course has just started at the Friday morning home group – 9.30am each Friday.  Do let Jo know if you want to join us!

PICNIC & FUN Sunday 22nd July
On 22nd July we are having a special celebration at Church Alive followed by a picnic at the Parish Centre.  If you would be happy to help make drinks, man the bouncy castle, apply glitter tattoos etc please will you sign up at the back of church so we can make this a fun afternoon for all who come along!

SUMMER HOLIDAY FAMILIES ACTIVITIES
If you would be able to help Jo to set up or serve drinks at some activity days in the summer holidays please do chat to her after church today.
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Working Towards a New Parish Centre…

Coffee, Cake & Co. Tuesday 26th June
We’d value your company every 4th Tuesday of the month from 10.30am-noon in the Parish Centre. £2.50 for coffee and cake. Cakes & books for sale. A great buzz and meeting place.
Strawberry Lunch This Thurs 28th June
You’re invited to join the very popular annual lunch at 12.30pm in the Parish Centre. Buffet lunch followed by Strawberries & Cream. Tickets £9 for ‘early birds’ until THIS MORNING in St.Mary’s; tomorrow £12 from the Parish Centre. Supporting the Regeneration.

THANK YOU Concert on 9th June
Another great evening was had by all at the wonderful concert arranged and performed by Paul Pilot, Louise Helyer & Friends. This raised £542 for the Parish Centre Regeneration Fund. Many thanks to all those who supported the event.

THANK YOU Alverstoke Garden Walkabout
More than 650 folk had a wonderful day last Sunday visiting 13 gardens in the village. Thank you to all the gardeners, organisations and volunteers who made the event a great success raising over £3,000 for the Parish Centre Regeneration Fund.

Keep in touch with the project on the church website, and also through the ‘Alverstoke New Parish Centre’ Facebook page.
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SERVING & GIVING
Acts 4v32: ‘they did not claim their possessions as their own, but they shared everything they had… in God’s grace’

PLEASE SPONSOR THE AFRICA CYCLISTS
They’re in training and would value your sponsorship for our Africa Partnerships on the form at the back of church – thank you. The team is now complete and are cycling 30 miles in the New Forest on 7th July. Please see the Africa Partnership display in St.Mary’s with details of CHASE Africa in Kenya and Christian Aid in Ghana.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 2018 Total
A big thank you to all the volunteers and the many people who made donations to Christian Aid Week which raised £2,208 this year. Editor adds: This is excellent considering that we did not make follow up visits for the the envelope drop this year – many thanks to our organisers – Philippa Harrap & Peter Ford.

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY annual BOX OPENING!
Please bring your box along to the Parish Centre Regeneration Coffee Morning on Tuesday 26th June 10.30am – midday.  Enjoy tea and cake (£2.50) while your box is counted.  If you are not able to attend please bring to church on Sundays or drop to the Parish Centre (am) before the end of June.  Any problems please contact Kay Howard 07941 426862. Many thanks for your ongoing support.

ARMED FORCES DAY Saturday 30th June
Next weekend sees the annual Armed Forces Day. So that we can pray for those currently serving in HM Armed Forces and their families you’re invited simply to write down a full name or just a Christian name and their ‘service’ of any whom you’d like us to remember in prayer next Sunday. They may be at home or on deployment – please add their name to the list by the War Memorial; thank you.
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TO THE 9.15am CONGREGATION – from Andy
The congregation for St.Mary’s 9.15am service has experienced changes over the last few years. Some of which were difficult but I continue to be grateful to the congregation for their gracious faithfulness which has enabled the church to grow in other new ways.

It hasn’t always been easy for all but I remain committed to working hard to enrich the worship and grow the 9.15 congregation both spiritually and numerically. To that end, I’ve asked Hazel O’Sullivan, who works closely alongside me as my aide/Chaplain, to oversee the nurture of the 9.15 congregation and worship into the future.

As a member of 9.15am herself, Hazel has not only gone through the transition of recent times alongside the congregation but brings considerable ministerial experience to the task. Please do pray for the church as we listen and respond in faith, and feel free to chat to Hazel, or me, if you have any questions. Thank you. Yours, Andy